How to hold a dog food taste test

Thinking about switching your dog’s regular food?

Give your beloved a choice in the matter. Hold a dog food taste test.

The lack of enthusiasm both of our dogs (but especially suddenly snobby Scooby) have recently shown for their Innova Prime inspired us to let them choose their own new food.

Which of these is yummiest?

Step 1: Get dog food samples

Many pet food purveyors stock sample sizes of their products. If you’re considering a change, ask about these before commiting to a big, possibly expensive quantity of food your dog might not even like.

I brought home four sample bags of USA- or Canada-made high quality grain-free dog food from neighborhood pet stuff store Brookside Barkery.

On our menu:

Step 2: Wait until your dog is already full

A hungry dog is apt to eat anything you put in front of him. In order to get a sense for what truly appeals to him, hold a taste test after he’s already eaten a regular meal. Ideally, in this setting, he will be more motivated by the food that smells and tastes the best.

Step 3: Line up the samples

When it’s time for the test, put out a similar amount of each variety of food in close proximity. Be sure to make note of which brand is where. Especially if you’re not sure you want to change foods, include the old food in your line-up. In our test, the little pile of Innova Prime is the only one without a sample bag directly behind it.

Mmmm, pork!

Step 4: Test!

When you’re ready, set your dog loose on the little buffet. Watch how he responds to each sample. Which food does he go to first? Does he just vacuum up the kibble, or does he sniff and move on to the next? Does he spit some of the food out? Does he totally refrain from eating any varieties?

Om nom nom.

Step 5: Repeat

For any kind of experiment, it’s always a good idea to try a couple of times to see if your results are the same. Once you are relatively sure which food your dog prefers, you will likely feel more comfortable springing for a big bag.

Of course, as with any dietary change, you’ll want to transition gradually from the old food to the new in order to minimize digestive problems.

In our case, we submitted both Scooby and Luke to the taste test twice. While Scooby seemed to like the Petcurean Go! food quite a bit more than Luke did, they both seemed to agree that the Precise Holistic Complete pork formula was extra savory.

The Lotus bites were just too big and hard for tender-mouthed Scooby to manage at all.

Big thanks to the in-store expert at Brookside Barkery for giving me guidance on setting up a successful dog food taste test!

Have you ever given your pets a kibble taste test? How did it go?

About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on May 29, 2012, in Dogs, Luke, Reviews, Scooby and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. dogsordollars

    Lucky you, they didn’t choose the Grain Free Lotus Duck. That stuff is expensive!

    Also, a side note: Any pet food retailer worth their salt will guarantee their food. The manufacturers do, and the store should back that up. If for some reason you buy the big bag and they turn their nose up at it, take that baby back! Keep your receipt and leave the food in its original packaging (which you should do anyway).

    • Yeah, I feel lucky. The brand they picked turned out to cost a little less than what we were buying before. Perhaps the dogs just wanted to be more thrifty all along.

  2. Dog foods should be made from organic stuffs too. ,

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